Indian whisky: ‘Burgeoning interest’ in single malts

The Indian whisky sector is as vast and vibrant as the country itself, with gigantic brands battling for supremacy in their particular segment of the market. *This feature was originally published in the November 2018 issue of The Spirits Business India is the world’s third­-largest economy, and could eventually take the number two spot from the US, according to PwC’s World in 2050 report. The country’s GDP is growing by around 8% and is forecast…

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Sterling Reserve reaches 1m cases in nine months

Allied Blenders & Distillers-owned blended whisky brand Sterling Reserve has broken through the one-million-case sales mark nine months after it first launched. Owned by Indian spirits company Allied Blenders & Distillers (ABD), Sterling Reserve boasts two whisky expressions: Sterling Reserve Blend 10 (or B10), and Sterling Reserve Blend 7 (B7). B10 is a chill-filtered whisky comprising imported Scotch malt whiskies and Indian grain whisky. B7 is also a blend of Scottish malts and Indian grain…

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Grant’s Distinction launches exclusively in India

William Grant & Sons has grown its Grant’s blended Scotch whisky portfolio with the launch of Grant’s Distinction exclusively in India. Grant’s Distinction has been released in Goa in time for the Christmas period with an RRP of 1,275 INR (US$17.50). It will be rolled out nationwide in due course. William Grant & Sons hopes to tap into the “increasing demand for premium spirits in India” with Grant’s Distinction. Brian Kinsman, master blender at William…

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United Spirits profit soars in first half of 2018

Diageo-controlled Indian drinks group United Spirits saw its 2018 first half net sales grow by 14%, while profit after tax increased by more than 50%. In the six months to 30 September 2018, net sales hit Rs. 4,240 crores, while profit after tax grew by 57% to Rs. 340 crores. The net sales growth was attributed mostly to the ‘prestige and above’ segment, as well as the “improved performance” of the ‘popular’ segment and the…

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